Author Archives: Margaret Jean Langstaff

About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor

A Bit of Advice

A friend of mine sent this to me recently.  I can’t imagine why.

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In the Game of Life, Bad Spelling is Like Bad Breath

Why You Should Bother About Spelling I love the BBC.  They are so smart and always take time to do things right. They dot their I’s and cross their T’s, you know what I mean?. I stumbled on this excellently … Continue reading

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Emily Dickinson’s Summer Reveries

(c) Copyright 2017 Margaret Langstaff, All Rights Reserved Summer, The Dickinson Homestead, Amherst, Mass. Emily Dickinson, one of America’s most beloved and misunderstood poets was an astute observer and student of the natural world.  Nature’s changing pageantry, big bold and … Continue reading

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From the new and edgy digital mag “Real Life”

Worth Reading. Warning: Thought required. “All My Ghosts” The intensity and immediacy of online correspondence accelerate the intimacy of relationships — and the ghosting Ruby Brunton June 13, 2017 Image: Evening Star (2016) by Tim Gardner. Oil on canvas. © Tim Gardner, … Continue reading

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THE ART OF MEMOIR by Mary Karr (author of The Liar’s Club)

Originally posted on Margaret Langstaff:
[NOTE: Having just finished editing two massive and interesting/ well written memoirs, ‘The Art of Memoir,’ by Mary Karr is of immense interest. Questions are raised that can’t be answered conclusively, yet they must be…

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Merciful Travels with Anne Lamott

Originally posted on Sarah E. McIntosh:
Thought 2: Reading Anne Lamott’s books never fail to impress and inspire. Years ago I was given a copy of her book Bird by Bird, and being in the midst of my addiction to…

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It Happened Here

Most writers today who publish eventually have to come to terms with plagiarism and the low-down rip-off artists who practice it. It’s everywhere now, to be sure, and no place is it more common and flagrant than online. The motives … Continue reading

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